Why in the world do I even have a Facebook page?

This post originally appeared in The Daily Courier on July 31

In the beginning, I was much like everyone else … addicted to Facebook.
Learning of the constant status changes of everyone of my friends seemed to draw me to the computer like an addict.
I was constantly enamored with whatever my long-lost friends had to say about their dinner, kids, travel plans, work and daily life.
There was rarely a moment when my Facebook news feed was up right next to my AP feed for work.
Then, when I got my first iPhone … forget it.
I was all over the place with Facebook.
Now, on the other hand, I almost find it more annoying than enjoyable.
I no longer care what my high school classmates in Kansas are doing for dinner.
I really couldn’t care less what their kids’ doctor said about the scrapes on their legs from riding their bikes.
But, more specifically, if I get another request to play some game with someone I barely knew in high school, let alone now, I think I might scream.
There isn’t a day that goes by that my Facebook feed is not cluttered with random postings about not much, but the worst part is when people who I barely know are requesting that I play some Internet-based Facebook game with them.
Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I was once addicted to Mafia Wars, a Facebook-based game where, for all intents and purposes, you were a mob boss and ordered around your own crime family.
Honestly, who would not want to do that at least once?
But now, I really don’t have the time or the inclination to participate in helping someone get coins or cultivate their garden for some game that I would inevitably lose brain cells over if I started.
But, the whole process got me thinking whether I really needed a Facebook page or not.
There are the cons, of which I think I explained above.
However, there are some pros to still being connected to the Facebook universe.
There are some friends that I do pay attention to and I do care to hear about what they are doing.
I have, in fact utilized Facebook for my job as well.
When I was in Kansas, we had a high school graduate attend Cornell University on an academic scholarship. On top of that, this individual also wanted to play football at the Ivy League institution.
Now, the Ivy League does not offer football scholarships, so they have tryouts for their team.
I became friends with this person, connected with them on Facebook and was able to do an entire story based on that connection and his attempt to play football in the Ivy League.
So, there are some benefits that go above the personal for Facebook.
In the end, I will undoubtedly keep my Facebook page, but I have to say I have become more and more addicted to Twitter.
It is short, concise and to the point.
Much more my speed.
At least until I have to help someone get coins of farm their land.

Matthew Clark is the Editor of The Daily Courier. He can be reached at 828-202-2927 or emailed at mclark@thedigitalcourier.com. Follow him on Twitter @UMass_MClark

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